Addr Launches for the IPad, Offers a Different Read

addr logoA new reading app for the iPad launched last week.

Addr offers a minimalist scroll type of reading experience with support for Dropbox, annotations, and the option to sideload ePub ebooks. 

The app features a unique interface which I found confusing at first, but once I read the tutorial it made a lot more sense.

Addr differs from most reading apps in that you manipulate the text (whether it’s adding a note, jumping to a different section, or what have you) in the margins and not the text. Adding a note involves a swipe gesture in the right margin, and you can advance the ebook page by page by swiping the left margin. This takes a little getting used to but once you ascend the learning curve this app is as easy to use as any other.

I played around with it this morning, and while I am not a fan of scrolling vs page turns I did appreciate some of the details like the location column in the right margin. That is displayed as microscopic text rather than the simple location bar used in many reading apps. The text is too small to read but its general shape could be useful in identifying the location you wish to jump to.

You can find the app in ITunes.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. GUIGUE25 November, 2014

    “a SIMPLE scrolling read”?

    In the left margin, you have a “page by page” fonction. The view is transparent, but sensitive to the pitch up and the pitch down. So you can read a book with a new “page by page” interpretation.

    // I am the designer and developer of Addr. If you have questions or other feebacks, I’d love to hear from you.

    1. Nate Hoffelder25 November, 2014

      Sorry, when I pressed the left margin I kept getting the annotation popup. My error was that I forgot to swipe instead of tap.

      Edit: I’ve updated the post and changed the title.

      1. GUIGUE25 November, 2014

        Thanks for your update. We are working on the onboarding actually. We have found a better way to explain the “scroll cutting”.

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